Manataka™ American Indian Council
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...
Manataka receives hundreds of letters each month. Space does not allow us to publish all letters but we make a concerted effort to print letters that are representative of a majority. Let us know if there is a topic you feel needs to be addressed.
Helping the Mohawk People
We would like to take this opportunity to express our utmost gratitude to Ward Stone for all that he has done to help the Mohawk people. He has been a strong advocate for the health of Mohawks, especially at Akwesasne. In the 1980’s, a midwife from Akwesasne, a Mohawk reservation located not far from Massena NY, named Katsi Cook got in touch with Ward Stone and expressed concern about the effects of industrial pollution on the health of the people who reside there. Stone found extremely high levels of PCBs, insecticides and other toxins in area fish and wildlife. His work led to irrefutable proof that the dumping of contaminants by nearby factories was responsible for the high level of PCBs found in mother’s milk at Akwesasne. As a result, the people at Akwesasne are benefiting from the awareness of what needs to be done to maintain a healthy environment for the generations to come.
Ward Stone has worked tirelessly not only as a strong and dedicated spokesperson for the animals, insects, fish, birds, water, air and Mother Earth, but he has also spoken up for the health and welfare of the people of the Northeast. Niawenko:wa (thank you), Ward Stone. Sincerely, Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter, Bear Clan Mohawk Kay Ionataiewas Olan, Wolf Clan Mohawk
A Dream Necklace Given In Another Realm
I wanted to mention something interesting from just over a year ago. I received my Thunderbird necklace and have been thinking on it for a couple weeks. I thought it looked very familiar, but I couldn't figure out why. Yesterday, I dug out an old journal. In that journal, I found something I had forgotten about - a sketch with notes from just over a year ago.
A dream of a necklace I was given in another realm, I was given this necklace by Someone with much power and authority.
I had sketched the necklace and written some notes about it. In the dream, the necklace gleamed so much, radiated - I thought maybe it was metal, even as that didn't make sense to me.
Looking at it yesterday, and thinking back - now I understand why. The sketch, and the actual (physical) necklace - are identical. This amazes me.
The date that I received it, and the date of the dream, are almost a year to the day. A lot had to happen for that to come about. Another point of interest .... no one knew of this dream or the sketch I had made of it - except for me. Most experiences of this nature, I do not share. I let it simmer.
Fry Bread Recipes
Hello Brothers and Sisters,
Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I haven't tried it yet but have been searching for years to find the way my Grandmama made her "fried bread" every day. The French bienet recipes are close, but Grandmama Sally did not have yeast so I knew they weren't right. We always had ours with her homemade cane syrup. I can't wait to see if these work & call my little brother (age 64) to come eat. Thanks again, ~Betty O'Steen
White People Who Emulate Native Styles
Lately, it seems like some of the younger, very, very, very educated Indians are very focused on white people who emulate Native styles of dress, jewelry, fashion, etc. I find that argument interesting—that white people should not emulate any of “our” fashions—because, if you go to any of the fancy Skin conferences, I guarantee you that you will see a couple of thousand Indians dressed up as if they were honorary white people, suits and bolo ties galore. In fact, if you go to many rezzes in the western United States (almost a redundant statement), you’ll find many of the Indian men dressed as cowboys. Are those appropriating Indians making a mockery of cowboys???
In either event, if any particular Indian believes that a white person should never adopt any Indian practices, then that particular Indian is probably mortified, James Arthur Ray-style. They’ve gotta be thinking, “Those darn white folks are always stealing from us—is nothing sacred!?!?!?”
See, Indian people created the “Meet Each Other a Large Retail Shop and Get Married or at Least Shacked Up” romance many, many moons ago—it is traditional to the northern plains!! Many a child was conceived as a result of meeting in the checkout line—heck, some children were actually conceived in the checkout line; that is our style, Indian style romance!! The only thing that these white cultural-appropriators changed was the store—Indian peoples’ great singles bar is Wal-Mart—the nerve of these people!!
Obviously nothing is sacred and these white folks will steal anything of ours that is not nailed down. I have not been on the appropriating front lines until this—this is the last straw. Sign me up—I’m ready to go to war. ~Gaysi Ross
Understanding A Spiritual Walk
I just want to say "thank you" for understanding and respecting a person's personal spiritual walk - quietly and gently. It's a rare blessing today.
I have tried a few times to write (share) about what has gone on with me since the summer, but have found that "too many words muddies the waters." Short version is that I went into a vicious spiritual war within myself - not by choice - and I learned a lot about myself. I can't say that I won, but I did fight.
I also changed - I am not who I was, but I can't quite say what I emerged as in the fall. People have noticed the changes in me ....
Veils fell away, masks fell away .... I confronted some of my inner demons. I saw different sides of myself. I fought alone. I don't like thinking about this past summer. I don't call it "war" lightly.
People still ask me "Are you okay?" It's not that anything is wrong, I'm just different now. I just got asked again tonight if I'm okay.
I don't know how to answer that question. Yes, I'm okay - okay as I can be. I am handling issues, people, situations particular to my spiritual path. But most people I know aren't familiar with this stuff - if I talk about lightning, dreaming, language, Reiju, and music, I sound like a nut.
They call it "being out of sorts" or "lost in thought" or "being far away." I call it listening and watching. So I don't talk about it. I just help others quietly. I can't explain what happened to me this summer (my "war within") - I don't try to. I am what I am now. There's nothing wrong with me. I am my self.
I also spent some time learning about American culture, media, government ..... this country is twisted and toxic. I also learned about North Korea. My spiritual walk is a dream and spirit world that is hidden in plain sight, so many people never notice it. There is no direct route, but an "irrelevant" sign can be the best way in .....
Manataka is an Amazing Site
While studying about the rainbow of the bible I came across your site. It is an amazing site. Rainbow represents covenant keepers. I would love to share this with our people who can not read. May I have your permission to read Manataka to share with my people along with a print out of your incredible story. Thank you! ~Rabbi Flora Williams
Canadian Boarding Schools
Dear Dr. Lynda, et al.
if one goes to the main link from the link I sent, there is an hour long interview regarding this issue of boarding schools in Canada. The death rate according to what I am hearing at this one location may be as high as 50,000 children. ITCCS.org has the video up with a large background photo of the school. It appears that Canada, Britain, and the Anglican church in Canada will eventually answer charges of genocide against the Mohawk nation. Thanks for watching. ~Gary Price
We all were deeply moved by the stories of the boarding schools. And there is so much to do regarding the healing process. White Bison now has a training program called Mending Broken Hearts that helps people heal from unresolved grief. You might want to pass that on to the Manataka American Indian Council as well. They are doing these trainings all over the country. ~Dr. Lynda
In South and Central American ancient cultures there was a teacher known to the many groups or tribes of people. To the Olmec and later the Mayans he was known as Kukulcan, to the Aztecs as Quetzalcoatl, and to the Incas as Viracocha. He was believed to be one of the “original beings”. In each of these cultures he became worshiped as a God, when he only desired to teach them ways to live. He taught them about civilization, agriculture, medicine, and the stars. By all cultures the description was very similar. He was believed to be about six foot tall, he was Caucasian by all accounts, with white hair, a white beard, and with blue eyes. He, by description, looked very European. He came from the sea and returned to the sea with a promise to one day return.
Hello Dear Brother Ken,
Blessings on this wonderful day the Creator made for you.
Your description of Kukulcan includes more detail than found in antiquity. Regardless, the physical description has little to do with your question.
What Central American civilization preceded the Aztec (1400-1500 BC); the Toltec (700-1000 BC); A Toltec king found them in 900 BC.
What Central American civilization preceded the Olmec (1500-500 BC); They are the oldest civilization as some say?
What Central American civilization preceded the Maya (1800 BC-400 AD);
What Central American civilization preceded the Inca (1000 AD – )?
What people predated them all? Who were the teachers of the Maya and Olmec? Among what people was this legend first shared? Therein lays part of an answer to your question. It was these people who sent emissaries to live among tribes in the North. But no material evidence exists that their teachings about a Kuku were understood and accepted. It was these people who taught the most profound understandings of mankind at that time from a central location and the elders of many tribes came to them and their teachings were spread among people of the North – but nothing of the mysterious traveler. Here is a hint:
“A Toltec king, the founder of Tula in
about 950, is a priest of Quetzalcoatl and becomes known
by the god's name. This king, described as fair-skinned
and bearded, is exiled by his enemies; but he vows that
he will return in the year 'One Reed' of the 52-year
calendar cycle. In 1519, a 'One Reed' year, a
fair-skinned stranger lands on the east coast. The
Aztecs welcome him as Quetzalcoatl. He is the Spanish
Closer examination will reveal similar cultures bearing the same name also appeared in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa.
Who were these people?
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We are not aware of a deity in North American cultures who fit the description, however, the Iroquois knew a man called the Peace Bringer, De-ka-nah-wi-da (De-kah-a-wee-da) http://www.manataka.org/page134.html
We are not aware of any images, idols or stories among people in the North that would lend evidence of the traveler. There are no temples or shrines among us save those of nature.
We are aware of the Mormon story about Jesus who is alleged to have visited America in 33 AD. According to Mormon belief, an Israelite named Lehi journeys with his family from the Middle East to the Americas. Lehi's descendants divide into two tribes, the Nephites and the Lamanites, named after two of Lehi's sons. The Nephites, initially more prosperous and religious, become corrupt over time and are locked into centuries of warfare with the nomadic Lamanites, whom Mormons consider the ancestors of Native Americans.
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Sorry, but our opinion of the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull is shared by these researchers:
The particular type of crystal block used to carve the skull comes from only one place in the world.
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I am a curriculum developer for the Scott Bordeaux Leadership Institute, here at Sinte Gleska University, Mission, SD.
I would just like to say thank you for writing history as is should be told. No one invited them and look now, they promised to take the land and they did just that. There are so many arrogant people in the legislature who don’t stop to think that this whole land was very much guarded and with the best intention. So that their young would be given the opportunity to live and prosper. Again, I appreciate the appropriateness. ~Jacqueline White Bird, MA, Scott Bordeaux Leadership Institute, Sinte Gleska University,
A dear friend of mine send me your page on the Thanksgiving stories for which I was very thankful. I so much so forwarded it to some friends, who were not so pleased with what they were reading. They were questioning if this was really true and if I really really believed it. I told them yes, however in Susan Bates story their are no references or bibliography of what she writes. Is there by any chance any of the claims she makes a record in history books? I would greatly appreciate it so I can show my friends that there is a lot more to the Thanksgiving story. I did send them the link of your website so they can read more. I did send a similar question to Susan Bates email address that was given, but it came back to me as undeliverable. Thank you for giving me more information. ~Yvonne van Eijk
Susan Bates writes her opinion, but the two articles below hers by Chuck Larsen are full of references. All three articles agree with each other, therefore, indirectly Larsen provides references for the Bates article. Most all American Indians know the true story of Thanksgiving, but white society prefers to believe a fantasy that wipes away the ugliness of their ancestors. More than likely your friends even believe the story of Columbus is true as well. The error of white society is not so much what is in the history books – it is what is not in the history books that reveals their fantasy world. ~Editor
Thank you for providing some insights into the truth behind the ‘commercial’ Thanksgiving story. As a black South African who has had to endure a distorted history of my own country, it is good to see that the alternate histories of other countries are also being revealed. Thank you. ~Clive Newman
Nice site. I new the pilgrims were problematic and that England was more than happy to see them go. I didn't realize how atrocious the pilgrims actually were towards native Americans. Plus I didn't realize that Thanksgiving was actually celebrating massacres.
I did add a Happy Thanksgiving notice to my FB page but immediately after, a link to your site. Didn't have time to read it all yet but will take my time and absorb it all later. Thanks for your contribution to smartening up America's children.
Women Cannot Touch My Drum!
Greetings Manataka Sisters,
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